London Borough of Barnet

Dozens of school children tune up for Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Published Tuesday 29 May 2012

150 Barnet school children are making final preparations for their performances at next week’s Diamond Jubilee Festival at Golders Hill Park.

The borough’s flagship event is being hosted by Barnet Council and the City of London Corporation on Monday 4 June to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 60 year reign.

The event kicks off at 2.45pm with the unveiling of a specially designed Diamond Jubilee Weathervane which will sit on top of the park’s bandstand.

During the rest of the day visitors will be able to enjoy a broad range of classical and contemporary performances played by primary and secondary school children from across the borough.

The itinerary is as follows:

3pm – East Barnet Music Centre – Junior Band - conducted by Chris Bell

3.20pm – Hendon Music Centre – Junior and Intermediate Bands – conductors Emily Baker and Paul Taylor

3.40pm – Barnet Clarinet Choir – conductor Janet Eggledon and Kimon Parry

4pm – London Male Jewish Voice Choir

4.30pm – East Barnet Music Centre – Senior Band – conducted by Kelvin Thomson

5pm – Hendon Music Centre Senior Concert Band – conducted by Fred Slide

Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families, said: “Barnet’s music service is second to none in providing first class education to young people learning to sing or play an instrument.  I’m looking forward to hearing the children’s performances throughout what promises to be a very memorable day.”

Visitors are being invited to bring their own picnics, although catering facilities will be available in the park.

The day will culminate at 10pm with a fireworks display and the lighting of a six-metre high beacon as part of the national beacon chain by 11 year old Isabella Ward, Mill Hill, who shares her birthday with the Queen’s special Jubilee event. Barnet Council granted Isabella’s wish to light the beacon after she wrote to the Queen explaining it was her 12th birthday on June 4 and it would make her day even more special if she could take part in the beacon lighting ceremony.

Contact press officer: Sue Cocker